So many of the decaying logs at Habitat Home have this fungus growing on them this fall. It is classified as a puffball and Lycoperdon pyriforme is its name. One reference book says it is "presumed edible" and another source says "edible". However, I do not think I will try cooking any but rather choose to enjoy their unique forms on the old logs. I did notice after a closer examination of the fruiting bodies that something has been nibbling on them, perhaps mice or squirrels?
Home is 22 acres of land in east central Illinois along the Salt Fork River. We have learned a lot over the past 19 years changing the land from agricultural use (corn and beans) to a variety of native habitats that have become home to many animals, insects, birds, reptiles, amphibians and plants. This blog is an attempt to record for ourselves, and share with others, the joys, challenges and frustrations in creating Habitat Home. Our "Managed Earth" and "Climate Change and Wildlife Habitat" posts give some motivational background on why we do these things.